In an article on “nanny novels,” the New York Times‘ Felicia Lee featured Marcy, her daughter Nina, and Bad Marie, along with writers Mona Simpson and Victoria Brown. The story also ran in the International Herald Tribune.
“Envy is something I’m interested in, in general,” said Ms. Dermansky, interviewed in her home in the Astoria section of Queens, where she lives with her husband and daughter, Nina. “There’s always a house that’s better to play at, someone who has better toys.”
Because of their flexible schedules as writers, Ms. Dermansky and her husband only occasionally rely on a baby sitter to look after their daughter, now 11 months old. Employing a nanny, she said, is “a tricky thing to do” for all the usual reasons.
“I’m not against it,” she added, “but I feel lucky with my life right now.”